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The Many Worlds of Mainland "British Latin America" Symposium

Thursday, May 05, 2022 - 01:00pm - 06:30pm

Rutgers Academic Building (West Wing) 6th Floor, Seminar Room 6051

15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

DAY 1 – Thursday, May 5, 2022


1:00pm                         Opening

1:30 – 3:00pm              Categorical Questions? Caste, Color and Race-Making

Moderator: Anjali Nerlekar, Rutgers University

“Malabar, Gentoo, Pariah: A Speculative History of South Asian Blackness in Guyana”

Vikram Tamboli, UCLA

“Listening for Ancient South India: British Orientalism in the West Indies and Within the Sonic Terrain of ‘Madrasi’ Music in British Guiana”

Stephanie Lou George, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

“Madrasi, Hindu, Creole: Lexicons of Race and Caste in Post-Emancipation British Guiana”

Najnin Islam, Colorado College


 3:15 – 4:15pm             Belonging in Belize: Nationalism, Diaspora and Multi-Ethnic Identity Through Carnival and Digital Space

 Moderator: Yesenia Barragan, Rutgers University

 “Belize Da Fi Wi – Now & Forever, 8867: Examining Local Politics Though a Belizean Carnival”

Jazmin Miller, Florida International University

“Digitizing Belizean Geographies of Empire and Culture in (Post)Colonial Belize”

Nicole Ramsey, University of Virginia

5:00pm – 7:30pm       Keynote and Dinner

“Tales of the Sea” - Gaiutra Bahadur


DAY 2 – Friday, May 6, 2022


8:30am                        Breakfast

9:15 – 10:45am           Repurposing Colonial Archives: Cultural Forms and Histories of Indenture

Moderator: Tatiana Seijas, Rutgers University

“Artistic Responses to Crossing the Kala Pani

Grace Aneiza Ali, Florida State University

“Mystifying Empire: Indentured Labor and the Making of Consent in David Dabydeen’s The Counting House and the Colonial Archive”

Amrita Mishra, Berea College

“Is the ‘Coolie’ Woman a Banker?”

Kaneesha Cherelle Parsard, University of Chicago


11:00 – 12:00pm         Fluid Ecologies, Economies and Intimacies in British Guiana

Moderator: Seth Koven, Rutgers University

“Water, Indenture, and the Long Village Movement in 1840s–1850s Coastal Guyana”

Catherine R. Peters, Yale University

“‘Up to our Eyes in Water and Mud’: Solidarity and the 1934 Floods in British Guiana” 

Nicole A. Burrowes, Rutgers University


 1:00 – 2:30pm             Difference and Identity on the Anglophone Isthmus and Islands

 Moderator: Camilla Townsend, Rutgers University

 “From Native to Raizal: Indigeneity and the Anglophone Heritage of San Andrés and Providencia Islands”

Sharika D. Crawford, United States Naval Academy

 “The Nicaragua Canal, The Moravian Church, and the Colonial Imaging of Afro-Mosquitian Women and Girls in the Nicaraguan Post-Independence Period”

Melanie White, Brown University

“Subjects not Citizens: West Indian Immigrants and the Struggle for British Subjecthood

Khemani Gibson, Rutgers University


2:45 – 4:45pm             Entanglements of Empire: Mobilities and Liminal Spaces in Early Modern “British Latin America”

Moderator: Marisa Fuentes, Rutgers University

“Transimperial Mobilities, Slavery, and Becoming Catholic in Eighteenth-Century Cartagena

de Indias”

Bethan Fisk, University of Bristol

“‘A Receptacle for Convicts and other Dangerous Characters’: British Honduras and Enslaved Rebels and Convicts from the Greater Caribbean during the Era of Abolition”

Ebony Jones, North Carolina State University

“Labor in Caste War-Era British Honduras: Contracts, Debt, and Coercion on a Colonial Frontier”

Kate Reed, University of Oxford

“Sovereignty and Possession in Belize, 1730-1779”

Jacqueline Ly, Yale University

5:00 – 5:45pm             Closing Plenary Remarks by Alissa Trotz and Conversation

6:00pm until               Dinner


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